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Assignment Desk Manager - NBC Boston

NBCUniversal, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts

Create the extraordinary.

Level: Manager (Supervisor)


  • Manage, coach and schedule Assignment Desk Personnel
  • Establish and execute winning breaking news strategy
  • Generate story ideas and assign stories
  • Collaborate with news management and editorial team to shape newscasts
  • Execute news coverage by coordinating reporters, field crews, and assignment desk staff
  • Communicate with management and production staff on the status of coverage and stories
  • Partner with News and Engineering management regarding assignment and utilization of ENG equipment
  • Monitor schedules to avoid possible pay practice and overtime issues
  • Short & long term news coverage planning
  • Coordinate flow of information to digital and broadcast team simultaneously
  • Coaching, training and professional development of others
  • Annual performance evaluations and daily feedback
  • Knowledge of industry trends and incorporating into workflow to provide a competitive advantage


Basic Qualifications



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field, or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum 5 years experience working at an assignment desk in top 20 market

  • Minimum 10 years of newsroom experience



Additional Job Requirements


  • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered

  • Must be willing to work in Newton, MA

  • Must have a flexible schedule with willingness to travel and work long hours and on weekends with short notice

  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

  • Must submit an attestation disclosing your COVID-19 vaccination status and, if partially or fully vaccinated, submitting your vaccination record no later than 7 days following commencement of employment.

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the commencement of employment or adhere to enhanced protocols if Company determines your job position requires accessing an NBCUniversal worksite.

  • Must be willing to adhere to all Company COVID-19 workplace safety policies and protocols.



Desired Qualifications



  • Solid news judgment, strong writing and research skills

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, prioritize decisions, and successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently in a high pressure, breaking news, environment

  • Proven strong journalistic leadership, with the ability to assign, direct and supervise broadcast news coverage

  • Ability to select, manage and develop assignment and planning editors

  • Basic understanding and demonstration of editorial judgment and journalistic ethics, including a current knowledge of laws of libel, slander and applicable FCC rules and regulations

  • Thorough knowledge satellite operations and microwave systems, including the logistics aspect of deploying personnel and equipment for the purpose of electronic newsgathering

  • Demonstrated ability to drive process improvements

  • Good collaborative and interpersonal skills to communicate at all levels

  • Understanding of emerging news production techniques and technology, with a pioneering spirit with desire learn emerging technologies and invent the future

  • Believes that teams are smarter and more dynamic together



NBCUniversal owns and operates over 20 different businesses across 30 countries including a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a premium ad-supported streaming service.

Here you can be your authentic self. As a company uniquely positioned to educate, entertain and empower through our platforms, Comcast NBCUniversal stands for including everyone. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture where our employees feel supported, embraced and heard. We believe that our workforce should represent the communities we live in, so that together, we can continue to create and deliver content that reflects the current and ever-changing face of the world. Click here to learn more about Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment and how we are making an impact.

NBCUniversal Local is NBCUniversal’s local media division that delivers English and Spanish-speakers and bilingual audiences in 31 U.S. markets and Puerto Rico, the very best in local sports, news, weather, consumer and investigative reporting, and lifestyle entertainment across any platform and screen. NBCUniversal Local is comprised of three individual media groups including the NBC Owned Television Stations, the NBC Sports Regional Networks and the Telemundo Station Group. The division is also home to multicast networks NBCLX, COZI TV and TeleXitos, the regional cable news network NECN, as well as NBC Spot On, an advanced video advertising business designed for local/regional CTV and OTT advertisers and several in-house companies including production company LXTV, marketing and promotions company Skycastle, its out-of-home business NBC Everywhere, and the Arthouse, a graphics design group. With seven regional sports networks and 42 NBC and Telemundo stations serving 38 percent of U.S. homes, NBCUniversal Local is the only network-owned local media division that is home to the largest bilingual local newsrooms within the country’s top 10 TV markets. NBCUniversal Local’s stations and networks serve diverse audiences and communities across linear, streaming, OTT, digital web, mobile and audio, and cable platforms and work together to keep local audiences informed anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit NBCUniversal.com.

NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

NBCUniversal is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

About NBCUniversal, LLC

NBCUniversal owns and operates over 20 different businesses across 30 countries including a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a premium ad-supported streaming service.

Here you can be your authentic self. As a company uniquely positioned to educate, entertain and empower through our platforms, Comcast NBCUniversal stands for including everyone. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture where our employees feel supported, embraced and heard. We believe that our workforce should represent the communities we live in, so that together, we can continue to create and deliver content that reflects the current and ever-changing face of the world. Learn more about Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment and how we are making an impact.

Visit NBCUniversal Careers.

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